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Coronavirus at assisted living facilities: Miami Jewish Health employee tests positive; Willow Wood has another case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Miami Jewish Health is the latest South Florida facility with a coronavirus cloud, as an employee at the 412-bed facility has tested positive for COVID-19, Local 10 has learned.

Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale Fire rescue made three trips to Atria Willow Wood on Wednesday, and another positive coronavirus case has been confirmed at that assisted living facility, bringing its total to 14.

Administrators at Miami Jewish Health, located at 5200 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami, were notified Tuesday of an employee’s positive test. The facility employs more than 1,200 doctors, nurses and support staff, according to its website.

“We moved residents who came into contact with this individual into isolation, asked key co-workers to self-quarantine at home, and notified families and all employees,” Miami Jewish Health said in a statement.

At Willow Wood (2855 West Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale), 14 residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Three residents died last week.

Nine residents at Willow Wood have tested negative, and four have results pending. A number of staff members remain in quarantine, and staffing agencies are being used to fill any void.

At Lincoln Manor in Hollywood, everyone coming in and out Wednesday was being administered a temperature test. An employee at that assisted living facility tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, and two residents with symptoms were taken to the hospital Tuesday.

One of those residents tested negative for the virus and returned to Lincoln Manor. The other remains hospitalized.


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